ERIN and Boon have similarities as employee referral softwares, but differ in the amount of features they offer. There are several fundamental differences in features, functionality, design, support, and licensing between the two platforms. As you evaluate ERIN and Boon consider the differences from the questions below.
6 Questions to Consider When Comparing ERIN and Boon
1. Are you buying an employee referral software for your admins or your employees?
You’ve already accomplished the hardest step; creating jobs. Your employee referral policy has also been created. So why aren’t your positions being filled?
We all know referrals help you to find the best candidates to fill your recruiting pipeline. This means the employee referral software you chose should be focused on the experience for both the admin and the employee, not one or the other.
Boon is focused on engagement, but they are lacking when it comes to automation. Boon is created for the employees and not the admins. Engaged employees are great for the business, but things can get complicated with a copious amount of referrals and lack of automation.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, ERIN has completely automated the admin experience with integrations. Eliminating all manual data entry. Engagement is still front of mind though, with an employee-first, mobile-first approach. ERIN offers a native mobile app for iOS and Android that allows the employees to be notified when jobs are added. Then with a single tap the referral is made. With the use of smart referrals employees will receive recommendations on who they should refer for a position. Employee functionality is available in the ERIN mobile app and every function takes between 1-3 clicks. Engaging employees to participate in your referral program has never been easier thanks to automation benefiting both the employee and admin.
2. Do you need mobile referrals?
Unless all of your employees work from a computer with consistent computer access, referrals aren’t as convenient as they could be with mobility. Think about how your employees are making referrals and the time it takes to submit the candidate.
Do all of your employees work 100% on their computers and in the office? Even if they do, will they be bothered to log in to a separate website? Boon doesn’t offer a mobile app for employees to view jobs and make referrals, and requires them to navigate to a separate website to sign in and participate. They do have a mobile web browser, but it still lacks the convenience of an actual mobile app with push notifications.
ERIN allows employees to use the mobile app, and stay signed in, removing the requirement to be on a computer and to pull up a separate website. This allows employees to make referrals on their lunch break, at dinner, at trade shows, on the road, and from their couch. Mobile referrals keep your employees up to date on openings and engaged in recruitment without interrupting their day job.
3. What communication problems do you have?
Typically businesses adopting employee referral software have two painful communication issues with their employees: they can’t keep them up to date on new positions, and they find it cumbersome (or impossible) to let them know what happens after the referral is made.
Boon advertises communication and transparency. They do a good job at keeping up with engagement, but when it comes to automation they are slacking.
Alternatively, ERIN will not only provide engagement reporting, but it also allows you to target notifications based on selective criteria meaning you can only notify specific employees of new positions but also stir up old candidates. Additionally, we visually display the current status of the referral, removing the “what’s going on with my referral” questions that come up after a referral is made.
4. Is the solution built for the enterprise?
Your business is unique. Your employee referral policy is unique to your business. Will off-the-shelf software be able to account for the unique aspects of your policy and still maximize success? One-off features are traditionally very difficult to implement with SaaS products, and Boon may not be able to introduce small customizations for you at a cost-effective rate.
Alternatively, ERIN has a “custom feature” discussion with every Enterprise client that comes on. We know that even the smallest tweak, even if it’s completely unique to your business, can have the biggest impact on the results that you get. Our development team is dedicated to bringing your employee referral visions to life within the ERIN product.
Customizations range from modifying candidate statuses to a completely whitelabeled version of ERIN. We’ve even gone as far as adapting our software to work for RPOs in specific instances.
5. Will your employees spend more than 30-seconds recruiting for you?
A big reason that employees do not participate in employee referrals is that it’s simply too much effort. They have a day job and are not focused (and often do not care about) recruitment. The easier you can make referrals, the more likely you are to engage employees. Boon offers a web interface for employees but may require a separate login on a separate website to participate. Additionally, the interface may not be ideal for “speed” as it can be cumbersome to find positions and to submit a referral. It’s not much of a change over the existing job board your website already has or the features included in you ATS.
Alternatively, ERIN offers the fastest and simplest way to make referrals. Making a referral takes no longer than 30 seconds regardless of whether you’re using theERIN mobile web app, iPhone app, iPad app, or Android app. Not only can you receive push notifications with updates on the latest jobs added, but you can also view all open jobs, make referrals on the go, track both referrals and bonuses, and more! We believe mobility and simplicity are key when it comes to your employee referral software.
6. Is pricing a factor?
You’re already spending a lot of money on your Applicant Tracking System, no need to spend the same (or more) on your employee referral software.
While pricing can vary based on size and need, and quotes from other vendors such as Boon are “custom”, ERIN offers competitive pricing that comes in around 50% cheaper than Boon. Don’t believe us? Get a quote and see for yourself!